Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has launched his annual charity bike ride at the flagship store of principal sponsor BCU in Coffs Harbour.
He was joined at the launch by Lee Ann Lloyd and a group of young participants from the Mid North Coast Disabled Surfers Association, along with BCU representatives and mascot Scoot.
The Disabled Surfers Association is one of the beneficiaries of the ride, and will use the proceeds to help fund a gear trailer and new beach wheelchair.
“I started my annual charity ride to raise much-needed funds for important local causes, and I am pleased that BCU has again agreed to support the ride. BCU has been the principal sponsor each year of the ride, delivering vital support to local organisations,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“This year the ride will start at the northern end of the Cowper electorate in Maclean on Wednesday 23 September and finish in Kempsey on Friday 25 September.
“In addition to Surfing for the Disabled, funds raised by the ride will also be distributed to the Maclean Hospital Auxiliary, Nambucca Men’s Shed, and the Macleay Vocational College.
“Each of these organisations make a real difference to their communities, so I am pleased to be able to support them through my charity ride.
“More local sponsors will be announced in coming days. Donations from the public are also welcome and can be made through my office. Every cent raised by the ride will be given directly to the beneficiaries.
“Details of the ride itinerary will be announced shortly. I encourage the community to get behind these valuable causes by meeting me along the ride and making a donation,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Pictured with Luke are representatives from BCU, DSA, and DSA Participants including (L-R) Sarah Dale (BCU), Scoot, Tiana and Hannah Legge, Rebecca Cameron, Cliff Lloyd (DSA), Daryl Parmenter (BCU), Vicki Cameron, Lee Ann Lloyd (DSA).